Here’s the first promo for Season 4 of HBO’s “Big Love” (premiering January 10th), and even if you like the show, you have to admit that this spot is lazy and ridiculous and crappy. I’ll award a few points for the Interpol song, but the rest of it is just Bill Paxton and his three screen wives floating around in black space. At least the lousy promo for “Friday Night Lights” had special effects.
There are a lot of people who love “Big Love,” and I’ll admit that it’s well-written and -acted, but I’m never going to watch more than an episode here or there. It’s fundamentally flawed for me in two aspects: (1) It’s an unrealistic portrayal of plural marriage, as the polygamous sects rooted in Mormon theology often partake in what us normal folk would call “statutory rape” and “sex slavery” (read Under the Banner of Heaven if you don’t agree). And (2) Jesus H. Christ is Chloe Sevigny ugly. How can people even look directly at her? Isn’t Hollywood supposed to favor attractive women? I don’t understand why she keeps getting work. She looks like her face caught fire and someone put it out with a wet chain.